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Abby Peterson

Professor emerita

Abby Peterson
Professor emerita
Academic degree: Docent
+46 31 786 5350

Room number: G111
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg
Duties: Researcher, Director of postgraduate studies

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Abby Peterson

Dr. ABBY PETERSON is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg. She has held visiting appointments in the Department of Sociology, Vytautus Magnus University in Lithuania and the Centre for Criminology, Oxford University. She conducts research within the fields of political sociology and cultural sociology and the interface between the two fields, as well as within the fields of criminology and sociology of law. In particular, Peterson has made contributions within social movement theory, culture and politics, policing political protests, classical sociological theory, and ethnic relations.

Specialist Fields

  • Social movement research
  • Cultural sociology
  • Policing
  • The governance of ethnicity


Current research
She currently directs Swedish research participation in a European Science Foundation collaboration with six European countries entitled “Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualizing Contestation”. She heads an ongoing six-year research programme dealing with the theme “Policing Ethnicity”. Since 2014 she is directing research for the project “Pride Parades in Seven European Countries: An International Comparison of LGBT Movement Dynamics”. Together with Professor Malin Åkerström of Lund University and Professor Liv Finstad of Oslo University she co-directs a research network on the multiple modes of contemporary policing in Scandinavia.

Professor Peterson was co-editor, together with Professor Bengt Furåker, of Acta Sociologica between 2006 and 2011. She was President of the Swedish Sociological Association between 2012-2014. Peterson serves on the Board of Advisors for Cosmos — the Consortium on Social Movement Research at the European University Institute in Florence.

Latest publications

The Paradoxes of Democracy and the Rule of Law
Donatella della Porta, Michael Keating, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Colin Crouch, Sheila Jasanoff et al.
Rethinking Society for the 21st Century. Volume 2: Political Regulation, Governance, and Societal Transformations. Report of the International Panel on Social Progress, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Sweden 1950–2015: Contentious Politics and Social Movements between Confrontation and Conditioned Cooperation
Abby Peterson, Håkan Thörn, Mattias Wahlström
Mikkelsen F., Kjeldstadli K., Nyzell S. (eds) Popular Struggle and Democracy in Scandinavia: 1700-Present, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Friends of Pride: Mobilizing Individual and Organizational Allies in Different Political and Cultural Contexts
Mattias Wahlström, Abby Peterson
Paper presented at the conference "Proud In Europe? LGBTI Emancipation in Comparative Perspective", 4-5 August, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe: Past, Present and Future
Abby Peterson, Herbert Reiter
New York, Routledge, Edited book 2016
Edited book

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Ungdomar i vardagens väv.
Abby Peterson, Lennart G. Svensson
Studentlitteratur AB, Book 2003


Vid politikens yttersta gräns. Perspektiv på EU-toppmötet i Göteborg 2001
Micael Björk, Abby Peterson
Eslöv, Brutus Östlings bokf Symposion, Edited book 2002
Edited book

Motsättningar, makt och moderation; en introduktion
Micael Björk, Abby Peterson
Vid politikens yttersta gräns. Perspektiv på EU-toppmötet i Göteborg 2001, Eslöv, Brutus Östlings bokf Symposion, Chapter in book 2002
Chapter in book

I ingenmansland. Om gränser och överträdelser av gränser i vår tid
Micael Björk, Abby Peterson
Vid politikens yttersta gräns. Perspektiv på EU-toppmötet i Göteborg 2001, Eslöv, Brutus Östlings bokf Symposion, Chapter in book 2002
Chapter in book


Contemporary Political Protest: Essays on Political Militancy
Abby Peterson
Aldershot, UK, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Book 2001



An operationalization of the concept of racist violence
Abby Peterson
Lavery, G. ; Nelhans, B. (1998). Ethnic Contact and Ethnic Conflict.. Göteborg Sociologiska institutionens Forskningsrapportserie nr 123, Göteborg, Göteborg University, Chapter in book 1998
Chapter in book



Stranger or Guest? Racism and Nationalism in Contemporary Europe.
Abby Peterson, Sandro Fridlizius
Stockholm, Almqvist & Wiksell International, Report 1996


Social Movements as Communicative Praxis – a Case Study of the Plowshares movement
Abby Peterson, Håkan Thörn
YOUNG. Nordic Journal for Youth Research, Journal article 1994
Journal article

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